12 Rounds (2009)

“I’m training the world’s most dominant pug. He’s going through a bulking phase.” – Det. Danny Fisher

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A police officer is forced to play a deadly game by a convict that he arrested a year earlier.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before my good friend Jay Cluitt of Life Vs. Film suggested it.

I went in knowing almost nothing about it and was quite intrigued by the Die Hard-esque feel of this film.

Jon Cena isn’t the best actor around, but he still does a great job here since it is a very physical role.

The story is jam packed with action from the start until the finish and Director Renny Harlin shows that he hasn’t lost his touch when it comes to films like this one.

The villain is played by Aidan Gillen and he isn’t as scary or crazy as this role calls for, but still keeps things moving do to the strange way that he plays out the various scenarios here.

The action scenes are great and like many other films in the genre, they allow the characters to have action scenes that involve cars, trucks, trains, buses and even a helicopter.

The film fails to make the characters a bit more three dimensional and that hurts things a bit because even in an action film, one wants to have more of a reason to care about the characters and all that happens to them along the way.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Taking from something from Cena’s wrestling career, anytime a cast member messed up they had to do push-ups for whichever person they wronged, and say “I am ‘(name of the person wronged)”s bitch!” after each one. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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